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Kansas Legislature Votes to Legalize Fantasy Sports; Up to Governor Now

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by J. Schafer)
Kansas Statehouse (Photo by J. Schafer)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators have given final approval to a measure declaring fantasy sports a legal game of skill.  The House approved the measure on a 98-21 vote Thursday. The Senate approved it on a 37-1 vote Monday, so it goes next to Governor Sam Brownback.  The bill would bring clarity to an ongoing dispute over the legal status of fantasy sports leagues.  The Kansas Constitution allows only the state to administer games fitting a broad definition of a lottery.  The state's gambling regulator announced in August that it viewed fantasy sports as illegal lotteries.  Attorney General Derek Schmidt released an opinion in April saying the state could legalize fantasy sports if they were games of skill. Legally, the results of a lottery are determined by chance.


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